Rs 5 Lakh Award for Information on Dhanbad Judge’s Death Case: CBI

New Delhi: The CBI has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for anyone sharing “information of importance” on the alleged killing of Dhanbad judge Uttam Anand, who was mowed down by an autorickshaw on July 28, officials said on Sunday.

A notice announcing the reward said Anand was killed on July 28 and the case is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

It said if anyone has any information of importance, it can be shared with the special crime team of the CBI housed at the CSIR Satkar guest house in Dhanbad through phone numbers 7827728856, 011-24368640 and 24368641.

Cash reward of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the person who will give worthwhile information relating to the crime,” it said.

The CBI has taken the custody of two men — autorickshaw driver Lakhan Verma and his accomplice Rahul Verma — who are accused in the case.

The 49-year-old judge was allegedly mowed down by a heavy autorickshaw while he was on a morning jog in Dhanbad on July 28.

CCTV footage showed that he was jogging on one side of a fairly wide road at the Randhir Verma Chowk when the autorickshaw veered towards him, hit him from behind and fled the scene.

The CBI has recreated the accident scene, while experts of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) have also collected evidence from the spot.

The case was handed over to the CBI by the Jharkhand government. The central agency had dispatched a 20-member team under its ace investigator VK Shukla, recently awarded as one of the best investigators by the Union home ministry, to probe the matter.

A high court bench of Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad had directed the CBI to initiate a probe at the earliest.

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